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23 Feb 2020 | 09:48 PM UTC

India: Heightened security amid US President Trump's visit February 24-25

Authorities increase security measures in Ahmedabad, Agra, and New Delhi ahead of US President Donald Trump's state visit between February 24-25; anticipate associated disruptions

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Event

US President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit India from Monday, February 24, through Tuesday, February 25. On Monday, President Trump is expected to arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD) in Ahmedabad (Gujarat state) at approximately 11:40 (local time). He will visit the Sabarmati Ashram. From there, he will then hold a joint roadshow with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along a 22 km (14 mi) stretch in the city, before arriving at Motera Stadium where the two leaders are scheduled to jointly address over 100,000 people. At least 10,000 police are deployed across Ahmedabad as of Sunday, February 23.

The US President will then arrive at Kheria Airport (AGR) in Agra (Uttar Pradesh) at around 16:30, where he is scheduled to visit the Taj Mahal at 17:15. Security forces are deployed along the route from AGR to the Amarvilas hotel, as well as in and around the Taj Mahal. Local authorities are closing public entry to the complex in the afternoon. President Trump is expected to stay at the monument for an hour before departing for Delhi.

On Tuesday, President Trump is due to hold a summit with local officials and business leaders at New Delhi's Hyderabad House, before being hosted at a state banquet at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening.

A significant security presence and localized transportation disruptions, including road closures and diversions, are expected throughout Ahmedabad, Agra, and New Delhi during President Trump's visit.

Advice

Individuals in Ahmedabad, Agra, and New Delhi are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate a heightened security presence, remain vigilant, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.